Earl Sweatshirt Blasts Taylor Swift Video: “Offensive” Use Of Black Stereotypes

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Earl Sweatshirt Taylor Swift

By Daniel Gates

Earl Sweatshirt Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift is getting backlash for her new music video “Shake It Off,” with rapper Earl Sweatshirt blasting the singer over her “offensive” perpetuation of “black stereotypes.”

In a series of tweets, Sweatshirt, a member of the hip-hop collective Odd Future, takes Swift to task for visuals that include twerking dancers and Swift clutching a boom box. He writes, “Haven’t watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful.”

Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture,” continues Sweatshirt. He adds, “For instance, those of you who are afraid of black people but love that in 2014 it’s ok for you to be trill or twerk or say n*gga.”

It should be pointed out that a lot of the costumes in the video have nothing to do with racial stereotypes whatsoever — there’s a ballet motif, a Lady Gaga-esque futuristic look, and other looks/costumes. But Sweatshirt and some other commentators think Swift is in the wrong for appropriating black culture in that particular sequence.

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